The best sound quality of Audigy series

faye

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Hi,

looking for a soundcard that will replace my onboard sound.

Mostly this soundcard is for music, and sometimes games..

THX support is appreciated.

I don't need those "platinum" version, the extra bay of input is useless for me.
I just need good soundcard that can output...
Creative Audigy series came up to my mine.. I have Audigy 2 on my other computer running great, i am thinking if there is better one.

thanks
 

FishTankX

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There's a new generation of creative soundcard coming out soon, if you can wait.

If not, the Audigy4 sounds better than just about any soundcard out there, though it's a bit steep.

If not, why not another audigy 2??
 

KoolDrew

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I would get a M-Audio Revolution, but it is not as good fopr gaming as the Audigy 2 ZS, but it has better all-around sound quality and still would be a solid card for gaming. Since you said "sometimes games" I think the M-Audio Revolution would be the best choice.
 

faye

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Currently have Altec Lansing ATP3 2.1 setup.

but i want to get Logitech Z5300e 5.1..

Is it a good choice, i have $100US to spend for new speaker.
 

Tiamat

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For normal computer speakers, it "almost" doesnt even matter what sound card you have for SQ, only features. If you have something like the top end Logeteck, Klipsch, Cam Soundworks, or more so, an amp with "real" speakers, this is where the soundcard really makes a difference for sound quality.
 

YOyoYOhowsDAjello

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For 2.1 you could get away with the Chaintech AV-710 for great 2 channel quality, but it's not so great at analog 5.1

I guess I'm a 1 main computer kind of guy because I don't envision myself in a situation where I could justify two Audigy2s at the same time :p

So you will have two computers with nice 5.1 sets and you're going to be doing some gaming on both systems?

z-5300s are a good pick in the $100 range. I don't know if you saw this thread, but that's a very nice price on them.

I don't know if you'd like the sound of this idea (no pun intended), but if this is mainly for music, instead of getting a $100 speaker set and a $50 to $75 soundcard, you might be better off getting the Chaintech card and a higher quality 2.1 or 2.0 set. Music is intended to be listened to in stereo, so for music it makes more sense to get a higher quality stereo set than a 5.1 set. Obviously you'd be giving up surround in games (unless you hooked up your ATP3s in the rear jack and made a DIY 4.2 or 4.2 set).

Some stereo sets to consider would be:
Klipsch Promedias
or
Swan M200s


EDIT: oh, and if you're feeling lucky, a deal on Promedias